SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Chi Chi Gonzalez allowed one hit over five scoreless innings and John Ruggiano hit a pair of two-run homers as a Texas Rangers split squad defeated the Cincinnati Reds 12-5 Thursday.
Adrian Beltre, Mitch Moreland and Ronald Guzman also homered for Texas.
Gonzalez, a 2013 first-round pick out of Oral Roberts University, gave up a double to Eugenio Suarez with two outs in the first. Gonzalez is bidding for the fifth slot in the Rangers’ rotation.
Beltre hit a three-run homer in the third inning off Anthony DeSclafani, who allowed eight runs on four home runs in 5 2-3 innings. Ruggiano homered in the fourth and sixth innings, while Moreland added a solo drive.
DeSclafani, the Reds’ likely opening day starter, has given up 12 runs on 15 hits in 10 1/3 innings in his past two starts to inflate his ERA to 8.38.
ALL YOU CAN EAT AT GABP… Reds fans with tickets in any section of Great American Ball Park can now purchase a pass to the new All You Can Eat concession stand, presented by Meijer.
Enjoy unlimited hot dogs, sodas, popcorn, peanuts and chips all for one low price of $20 at this new stand located on the View Level — down the first-base line behind section 530.
How it works:
• Purchase the $20 All You Can Eat pass in advance or day of game, limited to the first 1,000 per game
• The All You Can Eat pass can be added to any game ticket
• Bring the All You Can Eat pass to the redemption kiosk near section 530
• Fans will be issued a wristband for access to the All You Can Eat concession stand line
“As we continue to find new ways to provide extra value and affordability at the ballpark, we are excited to offer the All You Can Eat concession stand to all fans,” said Aaron Eisel, Reds Vice President of Ticketing and Business Development.
Fans purchasing seats in Diamond Club, Club Home, Club Seating, and Handlebar areas should not purchase this voucher, as food is already included with their ticket.
Limit of four (4) of each item per visit to the stand. Game ticket not included with $20 pass.
For more information visit reds.com/AYCE.
SIMON SAYS… Pitcher Alfredo Simon has a $2 million base salary as part of his one-year contract with the Cincinnati Reds and can earn an additional $1.5 million in performance bonuses based on innings.
As part of the March 17 agreement, the 34-year-old right-hander would earn $300,000 apiece for 100 innings and each additional 15 through 160.
Simon spent three years with the Reds, the first two as a reliever. He moved into the rotation in 2014 and went 15-10. The Reds traded him to Detroit in December 2014 for infielder Eugenio Suarez, and he went 13-12 with a 5.05 ERA for the Tigers in 31 starts and 187 innings.
He made his spring training debut Tuesday with three perfect innings against the Chicago Cubs.